Serena and Venus Williams knocked out of doubles’ play by Czech duo at US Open
Serena Williams was the last player out of a tense match against Venus Williams in the first round of the US Open on Sunday. The two were in the same second group match, but Venus got the better of the match.
Williams found her rhythm in the first two sets, hitting a lot of winners and was looking to close out a set in the fifth before Venus took over and went back to hit winners.
The match had numerous tense moments in the fifth set, with the Williams sisters exchanging points before Serena took a 5-4 lead. The sisters fought back to tie the match back up in a tiebreaker, with Venus taking the first set 6-3.
Williams then took the second set 6-2 to take the set and advance to the next round. Venus did come back to take the 3-6, 9-7, 3-6, 6-7 (7-5), 10-9 tiebreaker, but was unable to come back from the set.
The No. 3-seeded Williams will now look to avenge her US Open loss, while the No. 8-seeded Venue will attempt to win her first Grand Slam title.
The duo were the top seeds in the same group matches back in 2011 and got off to a sluggish start, both of them falling before the end of the first set. They were both able to come back in the second set to tie the match before going back to the drawing boards. That set was all Venus, though, as she cruised to victory in a 6-7 (7-9), 7-6(7-5), 6-1, 6-0 win.
Serena Williams (6-4) came into the tournament with a 4-1 lead over Venus Williams (6-2), having won all six sets played at the tournament. The 23rd-seeded Williams will now head into the second round with her career-best win streak now up to 16. Not only did Serena now have a chance to avenge her previous US Open loss, she would also look to win her first major title.